A man and his son, who were chained by their family in their house for more than three decades and one decade respectively, were rescued by an Ujjain-based NGO from village Pipariya Barodia in Narsinghpur on Wednesday.
Churaman Kaurav (65) was tied for the last 30 years while his son Brijesh (32) was tied for the last 12 years as both of them were mentally ill. The family earns its livelihood by selling milk in the village.
A 7-member team of NGO Sevadham Ashram based in Ujjain reached the village on Wednesday morning. When the team said they wanted to take the two with them for treatment, there was no resistance from the family members. On the contrary, they were happy to be relieved of the responsibility of taking care of the duo.
The team took them to its Ujjain ashram situated at village Ambodia by an ambulance. The NGO learnt about the plight of the two through news channels.
Dinesh, another son of Churaman, looks after the family and faced financial hardships in continuing the medical treatment of his father and son. The family members told the local media that they had no choice but to keep them chained.
The NGO activist Sudhir Goyal said the family members were upset over their behaviour as they were mentally ill and hence they chained Churaman and his son for 30 years and 12 years, respectively. They felt helpless as there was no help from government to treat such patients at the district level. The two were staying in miserable and harmful conditions, he said.
"When the team reached the village on Wednesday, they found the two living like animals. Rather, people would not even keep their animals in such a condition. The locks over the chains had rusted. The family members had even lost the keys of the locks. The chains had to be cut to free them. The years of torture perhaps made them so different that when I touched them with affection, they behaved normally," said Goyal.
Goyal further said when his team rescued the father and son, many people in the village complained to them about having similar cases of mental illness in their family too and sought the NGO's help in treating them.